The collaborative approach of GFSI enables all stakeholders across sectors to work together to achieve the following benefits:

For the Food System

  • safer global supply chain
  • improved product integrity
  • better access to market
  • reduced duplication and audit fatigue
  • comparable audit approach and outcomes
  • continuous improvement in recognised food safety certification programmes
  • cost efficiency through reduced failure

For the Consumer

  • higher consumer confidence
  • reduced foodborne diseases
  • decreased product recalls

For the Government

  • improved public health
  • business is collaboratively promoting compliance with legislation
  • improved national reputation
  • continuous improvement is being driven through self-regulation
  • progress through a new type of public-private liaison

Food industry players achieve the below benefits in particular:

Benefits for suppliers:

  • Certified companies benefit from efficiencies and have broader access to markets.
  • Certified companies show equivalence of process across countries and continents thereby enabling trade.
  • Many buying companies accept certificates from the implemented food safety certification programmes so audits are reduced.
  • Certified companies will have the framework for a legal defence in place.
  • Working within a food safety management system that is structured to be continuously improved to internationally accepted standards.

Benefits for retailers, brand manufacturers and foodservice companies:

  • The GFSI-recognised standards provide effective shared risk management tools for brand protection.
  • The proactive management approach required by the recognised food safety certification programmes improves product integrity.
  • Convergence of food safety management across supply chains saves money.
  • Certification improves market linkages and enables simpler buying.

GFSI Efficacy Study

Sealed Air’s Diversey Consulting in collaboration with GFSI released a GFSI study that explores the efficacy and business impact of the implementation of GFSI-recognised certification programmes. The study included 834 food manufacturers across 21 countries, including organisations in North America, Mexico, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The research concluded that the primary drivers to implement a GFSI-recognised certification programme was to meet an existing or new customer requirement.

Conducted by Sealed Air, the ‘GFSI Efficacy Study’ preliminary results demonstrated that certification to a GFSI-recognised certification programme demonstrates that food safety management systems are more effective, thus delivering greater confidence in the safety of the products which are delivered to the consumer.

Noteworthy study results include:

  • A large majority of survey respondents say that certification against a GFSI-recognised certification programme has enhanced their ability to produce safe food
  • A majority of respondents say that certification has helped them improve compliance with existing regulations and helped them better prepare for future regulatory changes
  • The majority of respondents say that certifications has strengthen their food safety culture through enhancements in training, increased communication, better measurements, and strengthen management commitment.

While the research also showed that short-term costs of implementing GFSI-recognised certification programmes exist and that some of the efficiencies hoped for through the elimination of redundancies have not been realised, the GFSI Board will use these results to drive even greater operational efficiencies.

Who supports GFSI

Back in June 2007 in Shanghai, a landmark announcement was made to over 1000 senior executives at the annual World Food Business Summit. Under the umbrella of GFSI, seven major retailers announced their acceptance of the GFSI benchmarked food safety certification programmes. Carrefour, Tesco, Metro, Migros, Ahold, Walmart and Delhaize all agreed to reduce duplication in the supply chain by accepting certificates issued against any of the benchmarked certification programmes from their suppliers.
This breakthrough marked a step change in the collaboration of GFSI as the Board was able to move towards concentrating on the effective application of the certification programmes by examining auditor competence, communication with governments and international organisations as well as food safety in less developed markets.
Since then, the rate of engagement from the food industry’s major companies has accelerated.
Today, many companies are accepting GFSI-recognised certification programmes in their supply chain, here below you can see logos of just a few of them: